Copyright Content Crackdown -They're not playing

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International and US Government cracks down on Copyright infringement.
 
   The US and some European governments in cooperation with ISPs are cracking down on the unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted material. This contributed to the arrest of the alleged owner of Kick Ass Torrents in I think it was Croatia, and the seizure of a few of their servers in Europe and North America effectively putting them out of business. For those of you who don't know, Kick AssTorrents was the biggest torrent site on the internet. Folks as I said they are serious! Right now they are concentrating on the servers, but Virtual Private Networks and clients will probably be next. So be smart, be legal, and beware.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Yeah they got shut down! Guess they ran out of places to host from and the feds caught up. I think the rise of subscription services are answering a need that didn't exist in the days of Napster and the many, many routes that followed including KAT. HBO now doesn't require cable to get your Game of Thrones fix, Netflix is bigger than all the cable companies now,  most artist's catalogs are on Spotify. I'm sure there's some or there will be some in the form of electronic books/audio books and games. Ever-changing internet.
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Yeah but there was more to it than that. Bootleg Applications and Operating Systems etc. Also people have to realize that Netflix, Amazon, and Google come with a data price which is not a good for satellite customers. And in some cases, the content is not complete or it is complete garbage. Apple has the right idea with their Mac OS. A complete version for $20. Who in their right mind is going to bootleg that? And I  believe the upgrades are little or no cost.
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Streaming-friendly packages are a major priority with the plans that follow ViaSat 2. We're aware that's a very popular way people are using the internet, so with the extra bandwidth that will give us, we are designing plans that will greatly improve the ability to stream.

As far as the low cost OS, that's a pretty awesome thing going on. Didn't know about Apple's. I think Android is doing a similar one. I don't think it's that cheap though. on a related note, Raspberry Pi is pretty popular for DIY stuff too (people made arcades, weather stations, I'm curiously looking into a way to make it work for homebrewing, some people use it for old video game emulators, mini-computers...sounds like a cool project) it's a interesting trend to watch for sure.

Regardless some people will torrent anything and everything and that sometimes earns a copyright warning and I've seen some pretty silly ones that they can get or view legally and for free. 
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Just because they are using a torrent doesn't necessarily mean they are using them for copyrighted material. I have used them to download things I have purchased online. It lowers the burden on the server and distributes the data usage over a larger pool of nodes so each one "shares" the burden. People who use VPNs are usually using them for "privacy". But the privacy for what purpose? For giggles I tested my verizon network for privacy and found there was none so I got on a VPN. After I came to exede I once again tested for privacy and to my surprise it was not perfect but very good. So because a most VPNs only give 1 to 2 Mbits throughput, I saw no advantage to them.

As far as the Pi, I don't think it's quite there without a lot of specialty hardware. I had about 35 years of experience with embedded controllers hardware and software when I retired and about the only things I would use it for are a cabled printer sharer interface or a constant pressure well pump.
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I'm glad to see the crack down on pirating. I've got friends in the entertainment industry and, although any one sale lost to pirating is just pennies to each person involved, when it becomes tens of thousands of lost sales, that hurts everyone involved in producing the content.